Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I don't know what they are doing, but that concrete has to hurt!
My second experience was also my third, fourth and fifth at the same time. The parade, which was a total of 4 "floats" circled around the island for about 3 hours. Two days in a row. I went to see it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, I went to say goodbye to a friend at the airport, and got caught in it my fourth. After an hour or so, I thought It was all over. But the parade circled around and trapped me in a parking space at the airport, so I saw it again.
I just wanted to show you that there is a Hummer on this tiny island.
I should have been walking with this group. I, too, am a carnival survivor
More videos will appear later today....keep posted....
Monday, July 5, 2010
- Learn Dutch
- Learn pidgin ("Caribeasian") English
- Learn to live as minorities
- Adjust to local mannerisms, including "shut-up" and corporal punishment as a means of school discipline
- Go from 3.6 million and 9,000 square mile city to 3,000 and 9 square mile city.
- Adjust from desert heat to 75% humidity
- Avoid cow pattys at every turn
- Learn to self-entertain
- Recess means find some rocks and play with them or chase each other. There aren't many toys on that playground
- Eat Jonnycakes and saltfish for breakfast
- School supplies are not endless nor top quality.
- Trade schoolbus and city streets to goat path walk
- He was the only American and one of two white boys in the school
- His best friends were Dominican Republicans, Dutch and Statian
- Was referred to as "Primo" by the Dominicans. They had his back.
- Had to wear a uniform but learned how to accessorize with a little bling.
- He stuck out like a sore thumb
- required to take 10 classes and 4 languages
- Was known as the boy who rides the bike
- Lots of excitement at school including fights, kids being chased by crowbars, and boys being arrested for drugs.
- He became an expert in sneaking out of school early. Mom's consent.
Kai taking cousin Henry to school with him the last week.
Celebratory day at beach. What else? Taking out pent up energy on Pop.
Nikki, the evil accomplice.
Friday, June 25, 2010
A fun sandwich, with the bun made of hellos and goodbyes.
Above we have Kai with three of his buddies, one afternoon at the pier. These boys are all from the Dominican Republic. For some reason they have decided to watch Kai's back at school. Although they don't spend time with him at school, they call him "Primo" (cousin). We think it is because although he is not one of them, he is a cousin to them. The resemblance is striking.
But wait, back up the bus...I am getting ahead of myself.
Hello #1 :
Ok, here is a photo of a group of our visitors. We are posing with a display of what 20 guilders can buy at the local bakery (sodium free)**Front: Emily, scratching her chin before the feast, Moi, Henry, my nephew
Back row: model Connely Packard, the everlovely Frances, and Allison with baby Isabelle (Allison is Frances' sister in law).
**dutch law requires all island bakeries to bake salt -free. This is due to high numbers of hypertension and diabetes and the cost involved in treating the people. Hmm.
No party is complete without Kathy. Arriving from New York, Kathy joined us for a few days. On top is the adorable Poeske, begging for a ride on the dune buggy
St. Kitts in the background at botanical gardens.
Q. How many people can fit into this 5 person Jeep Cherokee?
- A. 10 persons, 2 boogie boards, 1 surfboard and a turtle floaty
- Fact: no seatbelts required on Statia
Introducing Allison to ZeelandiaHomeis of Statia. Yo, for real.
With Frances about to go back to the states after 6 months with us, Henry will take her place for a couple of months. Charles now has 3 teenagers to torture him and drive him to behave like a wild, trapped animal daily. Commence the daily prisoner beatings.Sophia gets practice babysitting little Isabelle, who as a matter of fact, hardly cried or fussed the whole trip. She was a great baby.
Boys looking for the white whale.
Zsa Zsa and stylist
***Now for the sandwich middle***
No blog would be complete without the fine dining of Smoke Alley and a party
A certain 5 year old takes matters into his own hands and is caught at the bar ordering his own drink and a straw from the bartender. We were relieved that he ordered something non-achoholic. Did these people sitting next to him not find this an odd situation?
Philippe giving Charles instructions on how to get more Sprite without getting caught twice. The key, Charles, is to do it in French.
Side note: Philipe is French, his fiance Soledad, is Argentine. They lived upstairs from us and we have been friends with them for our entire stay here. We have really really enjoyed their company.
Fact: Pineapples produce exactly ONE fruit before they die.
No ending is complete without the sunset.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Finally, Statia Day, in November, we decided NOT to rush around like crazy people at 5 AM to get to the fort at 6:Am, where were were all playing our instruments with the steel pan and other band. We arrived at approximately 6:04, Certain that we were complete fools. Indeed we were, but not for the reason we thought. They had actually started ON TIME.
We were sure to arrive on time for the queens birthday. Kids get 5 days off for her royal highness' Queen Beatrix' birthday. Now how is that possible? For my birthday I don't get 5 days off! I want to be queen!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sooo, this is Sophia. I want to tell you about my walk to school. Sooo, usually I meet a goat on the way. Chickens too! sometimes I meet a few donkeys and cows, like in the picture. It's dusty so if it rains I might not get to go to school!!!!!Ummmm, walk down the big side of the mountain. we can see the ocean.Yep.